VR (the Store and Office Workers’ Union) was founded in 1891 by wage earners and employers in the commercial area as Verzlunarmannafélag Reykjavíkur and became a pure union of wage earners on the 28th of February 1955. The union’s name was changed to VR at the annual general meeting on the 26th of April 2006.
The purpose of the union is to work on improved terms and increased rights of its members.
The president of VR is Ragnar Þór Ingólfsson.
About the Board of Directors
The Union's Articles of Association provides for the membership of the Board of Directors and their election. The President is elected on a personal basis every other year as are seven board members.
About the Shop Stewards Committee
The role of the Shop Stewards Committee is defined in the Union’s Articles of Association. The Shop Stewards Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on any major issues that may arise in the operation of the Union. The Shop Stewards Committee consists, in addition to the Board, of 82 members or a total of 100 members. VR’s Chairman is also the Chairman of the Shop Stewards Committee.
There are three subdivisions within VR, in east Iceland, south Iceland and in Vestmannaeyjar. The role of a subdivision includes involvement in the common interests of employees within sectors, encouraging their education and addressing employment terms issues.
What does VR do for you?
VR membership fees are 0.7% of your salary. Everyone who has paid a membership fee for one month is entitled to assistance from the Department of Wage Terms and sickness benefits. To become a full member and be entitled to other benefits which such membership covers, you must have paid the minimum membership fee for the last 12 months. Your employer pays a matching contribution to your membership fee as follows: 1% to the Sick Pay fund, 0.25% to the Vacation Allowance fund, 0.30% to the Vocational Training fund and 0.13% to the Rehabilitation fund.